The GBD stresses the substantial underestimation of the burdens of mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and alcohol abuse.
"The burdens of mental illnesses, such as depression, alcohol dependence and schizophrenia, have been seriously underestimated by traditional approaches that take account only of deaths and not disability."
"While psychiatric conditions are responsible for little more than one percent of deaths, they account for almost 11 percent of disease burden worldwide."
The projections for total disease burden in the year 2020 predict that depression will be the second leading cause of disease burden and that psychiatric and neurological conditions could increase their share of total burden from 10.5 percent to 15 percent. The Global Burden of Disease report has provided a new view of current and future health needs, which will effect the policy makers decisions about healthcare distribution and practice. The study emphasized the contribution of mental illness to disability and disease burden illustrating that future health practices must better address mental health issues.
Key findings regarding mental illness:
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